So, this year I signed up for a ton of challenges. And then completely failed to meet any of them. Quite a few of my books even have coloured sticky tabs on them to show which challenge they would fit.
While I enjoyed the idea of challenges and I liked to structure my reading a bit, I ran into trouble because:
– I received a ton of ARCs, and really enjoyed that. But it scuppered my challenges; I pretty much received ARCs at a rate that I could have read nothing else this year (and that’s without paying much attention to NetGalley)
– I worked really hard this year. This was the year in which the 50 hour work week became standard, I worked almost every weekend in the first 6 months of the year, I started working on the commute, thus axing my reading time
I expect both of those to continue next year. I’m also finishing my Open University degree next year, and trying to get a translation business off the ground (www.yeslanguages.co.uk, in case you’re wondering).
To that end, I’m not committing to any challenges next year. I might try a couple of them if I see a really good one, but I’m mostly going to steer clear.